Sunday Song lyric: Better get to living!

As much  as  it grieves  me  I  have  to  say  Dolly  Parton  writes  some  brilliant  songs  with so  much meaning! Well I fell in  love  with  this  little  ditty  then I  accidentally  found  this  young  man’s  version of  the  words! His interpretation  has  inspired  me on  and off  over  the  years  since I  found  it! so  please  enjoy!

“Better Get To Livin'”

People always comin’ up to me and askin’
“Dolly, what’s your secret?
With all you do, your attitude
Just seems to be so good
How do you keep it?”
Well, I’m not the Dalai Lama, but I’ll try
To offer up a few words of advice.

You better get to livin’, givin’
Don’t forget to throw in a little forgivin’
And lovin’ on the way
You better get to knowin’, showin’
A little bit more concerned about where you’re goin’
Just a word unto the wise
You better get to livin’.

A girlfriend came to my house
Started cryin’ on my shoulder Sunday evening
She was spinnin’ such a sad tale
I could not believe the yarn that she was weavin’
So negative the words she had to say
I said if I had a violin I’d play.

I said you’d better get to livin’, givin’
Be willing and forgivin’
Cause all healing has to start with you
You better stop whining, pining
Get your dreams in line
And then just shine, design, refine
Until they come true
And you better get to livin’.

Your life’s a wreck, your house is mess
And your wardrobe way outdated
All your plans just keep on falling through
Overweight and under paid, under appreciated
I’m no guru, but I’ll tell you
This I know is true.

You better get to livin’, givin’
A little more thought about bein’
A little more willin’ to make a better way
Don’t sweat the small stuff
Keep your chin up
Just hang tough
And if it gets too rough
Fall on your knees and pray
And do that everyday
Then you’ll get to livin’.

The day we’re born we start to die
Don’t waste one minute of this life
Get to livin’
Share your dreams and share your laughter
Make some points for the great hereafter.

Better start carin’
Better start sharin’
Better start tryin’
Better start smiling
And you better get to livin’…


Here  is  the pingback

Helen at  This  thing  called  life one  word  at a  time  invites everyone who would like to play along so we can share some fantastic music together.

Here are the rules for Song Lyric Sunday:

  • Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  • Make sure you credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to Helen’s  post that will go up every Sunday by 9am MST
  • Check out at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process


14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. russtowne
    Sep 20, 2015 @ 19:35:58

    I love this message and this clip is so much fun I’m reblogging it. Thank you, Willow.


  2. russtowne
    Sep 20, 2015 @ 19:36:28

    Reblogged this on A Grateful Man and commented:
    I love this message and this clip is so much fun I’m reblogging it. Thank you, Willow.


  3. gigoid
    Sep 20, 2015 @ 19:54:07

    Dolly is a lot more talented than many giver her credit for… She’s had more than twenty #1 hits in her career, and still draws crowds wherever she plays, including that big festival each year in England, where she is extremely popular… Rolling Stone did a recent story, after or during her performance there in Brighton (I think) listing twenty of her songs that were little known, but, were big hits, and are excellent examples of her songwriting abilities….It’s a good read, and a great trip down memory lane, as some of the songs were from early in her career, back in the 60’s & 70’s….

    Dolly is. IMHO, one of the best country singers ever, with a voice like a laser, when she cuts loose with it… and, you gotta love her totally positive attitude on Life…



  4. Lynz Real Cooking
    Sep 20, 2015 @ 20:03:59

    Thanks willow


  5. Paul
    Sep 20, 2015 @ 20:35:01

    Great song Willow. Dolly Parton is so down to earth – some of her stuff is profound in its simplicity.


  6. Barry
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 01:22:02

    They say great things come in small packages, and I should know – my wife is four inches shorter than Dolly. I’m not one of her fans (I’m talking about Dolly, not my wife), but some of her lyrics convey beautiful messages, such as this one.


  7. Helen Espinosa
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 13:02:04

    I love these lyrics! Sometimes the simplest words mean the most. Thanks for sharing, Willow! ❤️


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